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MIQ Logistics J/80 Worlds powered by SLAM at Dartmouth - Overall

by Becci Eplett, J80 UK Class Association 18 Jun 2012 16:33 BST 9-15 June 2012

A jittery J/80 fleet assembled at The MIQ Logistics 2012 J/80 World Championship Powered by SLAM Regatta HQ in Dartmouth on Friday morning, in nervous anticipation of the two final races of the eleven race series scheduled for the day. The Regatta HQ had been rife with discussion amongst the crews the night before as to the likelihood of high winds stopping play on the final race day.

Having appraised all of the weather data available the J/80 fleet were held ashore on Friday morning until the Race Management Team were able to survey and assess conditions on the race area in Start Bay for themselves. At 09.30 on Friday 15th June Principal Race Officer Mike Pearson called back to the Race HQ with the news that a constant wind speed of 33 knots coupled with swells in excess of 4 metres across the race area had necessitated the decision to abandon racing for the day and for the overall Championship Series. An excited round of applause rang around the Race HQ as the assembled fleet congratulated the new J/80 World Champions: Jose Maria van der Ploeg and his crew on board NILFISK: Lluis Mas, Juan Merayo, Hugo Ramon and twelve year old Jose ‘Junior’ van der Ploeg.

The nine races sailed at The MIQ Logistics 2012 J/80 World Championship Powered by SLAM each delivered a different winner: a fact that is testament to the level of competition on the race-track within the International J/80 Class. Van der Ploeg’s team on NILFISK never conceded a single result outside of the top 14 boats during the course of the regatta but nor did he finish a race within the top two. Skilled consistency in crew work, boat handling, tactics and intelligent regatta strategy delivered a World Championship win for NILFISK with a four point lead over the second placed boat, Rayco Tabares’ Hotel Princesa Yaiza and six points over third place Carlos Martinez’ Mapfre.

All 76 J/80s were de-rigged and lifted back on to their road trailers on Friday afternoon along Dartmouth’s North Embankment so that 350 competitors could rush home to spruce themselves up in advance of the Closing Ceremony and Prizegiving Dinner scheduled for Friday evening. The venue for the closing ceremony (by virtue of the fact that the Britannia Yacht Club shared the hosting of the World Championship with the Royal Dart Yacht Club) was Britannia Royal Naval College.

Competitors enjoyed dinner, wine and a fair few tots of SLAMbuca on Friday night in the stunning surroundings of The Senior Gun Room and The Ward Room at the college before moving on to the official Prizegiving Ceremony which was held on The Quarterdeck. Prizes were presented to the top ten boats at the MIQ Logistics 2012 World Championship Powered by SLAM. Several British J/80 teams featured in the role-call: Kevin Sproul’s J.A.T finished in fourth, Robert Larke’s J2X took sixth place, Simon Ling’s RAF benevolent Fund Team Spitfire finished ninth overall and Simon Johnson and Ruairidh Scott’s Joyeuse finished tenth overall. The largest piece of silverware presented on the night war Rennie and Ruth Miller’s J/80 One-Design Cup which went to Sproul and his team from J.A.T who were the best performing British team at the Worlds. Special prizes from Allspars of Plymouth were awarded the best performing furthest travelled boat, which went to Andrew Moore’s Tigrina from Hong Kong and to stalwart supporter of the J/80 UK Class, Scott Cole and his team on Purple Haze.

At the Prizegiving Commodore Simon Williams of Britannia Royal Naval College explained how much the college had enjoyed being involved with the World Championship and without need to recourse to spoken word his presence at the Ceremony meant that all competitors were duly reminded what an honour and privilege it was to take part in such an auspicious event in such dramatic and historic surroundings.

Paul Heys of Key Yachting thanked Britannia Royal Naval College, Mike Moody and his team at the Royal Dart Yacht Club, the PRO Mike Pearson, the massive team of volunteer helpers and all of the sponsors of the event: Principal Sponsors MIQ Logistics and SLAM. Supporting Sponsors Baltic Wharf, Brittany Ferries, Coast Graphics and Dart Harbour and Prize Sponsors Allspars, Café Alf Resco,, Lifedge by Scanstrut, Paul Barclay, Rowbury Gallery and the Royal Castle Hotel.

Dancing and celebrations continued in to the small hours of Saturday morning…

The 2013 J/80 World Championship will take place in Marseilles, France from the 7th to 13th of July next year.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmBoatR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1ESP9Jose Maria VAN DER PLOEGNILFISK1093464‑1414757
4GBR64Kevin SPROULJ.A.T.51488‑19RDG516469
6GBR51Robert LARKEJ2X2122914484‑331083
8FRA24Laurent SAMBRONEJP 1016118‑26319161218103
9GBR46Simon LINGRAF Benevolent Fund Team Spitfire13311231111‑371525112
10GBR50Simon JOHNSONJOYEUSE172217‑2513217223113
11GER68Bjorn BEILKENPROCEDES DIVA3920151755620(BFD)127
12FRA27Simon MoriceauINTERFACE CONCEPT 32721193‑37928419130
13GBR43Nick & Annie HAIGHSLIGHTLY STEAMY341524161515‑481711147
14SWE74Mikael LINDQUISTROCAD RACING364(BFD)27171323816153
15FRA76Patrick BOTECOLE NAVAL CG291331212123235(DSQ)17154
16FRA10Arthur HERREMANJUMPER1418(BFD)11422130613155
17FRA19Luc NADALGANJA‑49243420241015256158
18FRA13Maxime RousseauxCN St CAST GRAND OUEST ETIQUETTES7‑58614618224021161
19FRA14Alexis HENRIVADK ONE844389342919(BFD)172
20GBR66Henri BOMBYBALTIC(TLE)24024292318318175
21FRA25Sebastien PetithugueninPAPREC11132(BFD)16451244RDG177
22GBR47Steward HAWTHORNJ'AI DEUX AMOURS6620(BFD)1417553923180
23ESP5Javier CHACARTEGUIHM‑HOTELS‑45372230282824114184
24ESP3Emilio AZOFRA ALCAZARCARTAGENA20164381044‑462430186
27GBR29Ian ATKINSBOATS.COM92314(BFD)48241026BFD231
29GBR32Scott COLEPURPLE HAZE233510(BFD)7BFD403026248
30FRA16Jean‑Charles MORICEAUINTERFACE CONCEPT 2381135(BFD)26163413BFD250
31FRA26Simon BenaichoucheJIMPRESSIONNE216291850251949(DSQ)253
32GBR34Gordon CRAIGENSWALLOW‑512626353038314328257
34FRA17Jerome PICARDLA CORNOUAILLE J'Y CROIS484927133826‑573424259
35GBR41Will GOLDMITHEXE SS Powered by SLAM(TLE)4751191852532112273
36FRA23Pierre METAISCHARLY413663(BFD)3120332822274
37USA75Gary KAMINSFIRED UP4238313121(BFD)454231281
38NED73Laura VROONJOIE DE VIVRE402946(BFD)22142727BFD282
39FRA21Pascal PICNUMERO J254257(BFD)473736732283
40GBR53Patrick LIARDETAQUA‑J55693645(BFD)7201045287
41DEN1Thomas KLOKGULDFAXE2828302152(BFD)2929BFD294
42GBR56Terry PALMERJUST DO IT123144‑603651544729304
43GBR48Allan HIGGSTEAM JUICY(TLE)4843402530323552305
44FRA28Fanny LE SAUSSEJIBOLIN464359294922(DSQ)4620314
45FRA22Pierre FOLLENFANTTBS313241(BFD)39273932RAF318
46GBR33Steve COOPERJUNIOR HIGH1564522232404452(BFD)321
47GBR35Nick DAILY‑HUNTHARLEQUINTLE59528‑7342415733324
48HKG70Andrew MOORETIGRINATLE2555322748‑635527328
49NED72Edwin SPAANSJ‑STRINGTLE5047(BFD)513174147333
50GBR42Mark GREENAWAYPELOTON5645‑673433572351RDG343
51FRA18Yannig LOYERJ OUT OF THE BOXTLE‑6754156143265335346
52FRA12Perig DONNARDMARINE BREST IS2544133(BFD)41394723DNC355
53GBR49Adam JAMESJOIE DE VIVRETLE175059(BFD)35386239359
54GBR63Sam STEPHENSWAVE WARRIOR193453(BFD)5858505938369
55GBR44Debbie HALLRIOJA32554848‑6255524834372
56GBR38Chris DUCKERSLAM5753614140335637(DNC)378
57GBR60Gillian ROSSROCK & ROLL30‑7145376046596443384
58GBR45Dan HALLAMCALL ME MAYBETLE515642644925‑7140386
59GBR55Doug NEVILLE‑JONESJASMINETLE524947445643‑6337387
60GBR39Michael EAMESJALFREZI2230643653536467(BFD)389
61ESP7Harald SCHILLINGYMIR JUNIOR297023435965(RAF)6544398
62GBR30Mark BASKERVILLEMISTRALTLE‑6839465462425442398
63GBR52Michael LEWISJESTER525432545661(RAF)5049408
64FRA20Olivier GRASSIGRASSI BATEAUX53‑7225566554654550413
65GBR37Brian DENNEYJALAPEANO4460285368605856(BFD)427
66HKG71Bruce PERKINSJASNITE376160495763‑696941437
67GBR65Robert WALTERSWILD WALLY47576852‑7059685836445
68GBR36Joanna IRELANDBKATLE466939‑7268666046453
69GBR61Rosie SANDSCAPTAIN JACKTLE(RAF)42616350677048460
71GBR57Geoffrey PAYNESURF & TURFTLE6372(BFD)66474936RAF469
72GBR77Alison BANFORDJUST SO5056655155705172(RAF)470
73GBR31Steve BESTJAMMINTLE65585067696168(RAF)497
74GBR40Andrew EDWARDSBLUES IN JTLE‑7470587467606153502
75GBR62Richard SOPEREXE JTLE‑7366576966706651504
76GBR67Rachel WOODSJUMBLESAILTLE75715571646273(RAF)530

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